OH: Two on length of detentions: One had invalid consent for a patdown; one led to dog sniff within minutes of stop

The trial court’s findings that defendant’s consent to a patdown during what had become an unlawful detention was mere acquiescence to authority was supported by the evidence and is affirmed. State v. Oberholtz, 2016-Ohio-8506, 2016 Ohio App. LEXIS 5335 (9th Dist. Dec. 30, 2016).*

Defendant was pulling a trailer and he was stopped for lane change and following too close violations. Another officer with a drug dog arrived within minutes and did a sniff and alerted. On the video, the officer was still talking about the lane change violation when the dog was going around the vehicle [likely just for the court]. This was 11 minutes into the stop. Normally a traffic stop takes this officer 15-20 minutes. Thus, the stop was not prolonged for the dog. A hidden compartment was found with 156 pds of marijuana. State v. Blatchford, 2016-Ohio-8456, 2016 Ohio App. LEXIS 5283 (12th Dist. Dec. 28, 2016).*

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